It’s no secret that I love to run.
I love running in Rochester…my running family is there, and the city has some incredible parks to explore.
I love running in Los Angeles…the sun is always shining, and there’s an odd beauty to the dusty, dry mountains out there.
I love running in Singapore…gear requirements are minimal and the same all year, the rain is NEVER cold, and I know that running in the humidity makes me stronger.
But my favorite place to run is…New Jersey. Sussex County, to be specific. This is where I grew up, and where my parents still live. Any season, any time – it’s impossible for me to run here without a smile on my face. While I’d love for you all to come visit me, so I could take you on a running (or walking!) tour, I know that’s impossible. So instead, I’m bringing the run to you!
[Note: I got my first Smartphone after moving to Singapore. A year later, and I finally realize: DANG those things are pesky in the cold weather! I had to pull my gloves off every time I wanted to take a picture!]
I figured that 6-8 miles would be a good distance. So we headed down the driveway:
I decided to take a picture at every mile. In retrospect, I should have run this route backwards, to save the best photo for last, rather than for Mile 1:
This photo was taken just after 1 PM. There were some dark clouds around, but the afternoon didn’t feel quite as dark as this photo looks. Mile 2 shows the lighting a bit more accurately:I was running next to the highway at Mile 3, so I didn’t stop for a picture. But here’s a picture from Miles 4 & 5 (a one mile out-and-back):
Look what coincided with Mile 6!
At Mile 7, I was surrounded by naked trees on both sides, so I snapped a picture of the road I was running along, to show you how empty it is. This wasn’t a coincidental shot – except for the short highway stretch, this is what all the roads I ran along looked like:
Up some hills, and half a mile later, we were done. Good thing, too – because the cold weather and a lack of stretching (bad Coach Holly!) tightened up my IT band. Gotta take care of that right away!!
Anyone else enjoy a nostalgic and awesome run thanks to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday?
How are you returning to your workout routine, on this (for some, post-holiday) Monday?
Do you enjoy this kind of “Join Me On This Run” posts, or think they are boring?